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November 30, 2012

Obama warns Congress he's got a naughty or nice list

Speaking from the floor of a toy factory, President Obama couldn't resist a few Christmas and toy-related jokes as he pressured House Republicans to extend tax cuts for the middle class -- and not the wealthy.

"I've been keeping my own naughty-and-nice list for Washington," Obama said after touring the Rodon Group manufacturing plant in Pennsylvania which makes, among other toys, the K'NEX. "So you should keep your eye on who gets some K'NEX this year. There are going to be some members of Congress who get them, and some who don't."

He didn't spare Vice President Joe Biden either, telling the audience that Biden during his trip to Costco "wanted to buy some of this stuff. But I told him he had too much work to do. I wasn't going to have him building rollercoasters all day long."

Obama extended his Christmas metaphors to pressing Congress to extend the tax breaks for the middle class, saying that if they don't it's "sort of like the lump of coal you get for Christmas. That's a Scrooge Christmas."


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